Children of Heaven لزغ
By Majid Majidi
The film “Bachehaye Aseman” begins with a young boy by the name of “Ali” picking
up his little sister Zahra’s pink shoes where it was sent to a cobbler to be repaired.
He then goes to buy some potatoes at a local shop and leaves his bag on the ground
when a garbage man picks up the shoes that were hidden in a bag and takes them
away. Ali comes back to realize the bag is gone and searches desperately for it by
knocking over some crates of vegetables. The grocer chases him away and he is
forced to leave without Zahra’s shoes.
The setting being a poor area of a Southern Tehran neighbourhood, Ali’s
family is in financial turmoil and he fears to tell his parents of his mistake earlier
that day; instead he tells Zahra and begs her not to tell their mother. The family is
behind on payments for their rent, as well as the grocer so Ali chooses not to add to
the stress of his parents.
Ali and Zahra scheme to share Ali’s sneakers everyday—Zahra in the
morning and Ali in the afternoon. To make up for losing Zahra’s shoes, Ali wins a
gold pen for doing well on a test and gives it to her. The arrangement to switch
shoes midday doesn’t work very well with Ali’s afternoon classes, as he is late three
times in a row. He gets in trouble with the principal—who tells Ali to leave and
return with his father, but Ali’s teacher convinces the